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Epic fall snack: Cheddar-pumpkin crackers with caramelized onion dip

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Homemade pumpkin crackers and caramelized onion dip make you look like the hostess with the mostess

With a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of these delicious homemade cheesy pumpkin crackers in no time, and they just happen to be perfect for dipping in my caramelized onion dip.

Pumpkin puree, salty Gorgonzola and creamy cheddar cheese blend seamlessly in this recipe, and the sweet caramelized onion dip pairs perfectly by bringing out the saltiness of the cheese and balancing the sweetness of the pumpkin.

For a gluten-free option, you could use almond flour in place of the whole-wheat flour without changing the overall flavor.

Homemade pumpkin crackers and caramelized onion dip make you look like the hostess with the mostess
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Cheddar-pumpkin crackers recipe

Inspired by Half Baked Harvest

Yields 2-1/2 dozen

Prep time: 20 minutes | Bake time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To a food processor, add all the ingredients for the crackers (except the sea salt), and cover with the lid.
  3. Pulse on high for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture is very smooth and a soft ball of dough forms.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to about 1/8 inch in thickness. With a knife or any type of dough cutter, cut the crackers into desired shapes, and place them on the baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle the crackers with the sea salt, and bake for 15 minutes, until the crackers become crisp.
  6. Let cool.
  7. Serve with caramelized onion dip (recipe below), and store leftover crackers in an airtight container.

Homemade pumpkin crackers and caramelized onion dip make you look like the hostess with the mostess
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Caramelized onion dip recipe

Yields 1 cup

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Inactive time: 1 hour | Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large, sweet onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the olive oil, onions and sugar. Stirring frequently, cook for 18 to 20 minutes or until the onions become very soft and caramelized.
  3. To a bowl, add the garlic powder, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Fold in the caramelized onions, and mix well.
  4. Cover, and chill the dip for 1 hour.
  5. Stir well before serving.

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